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denny ritner
  • DGCR Number
    799
    Real name
    denny ritner
    Location
    FLA
    Birthday
    Mar 19, 1969 (Age: 55)
    Years Playing
    26.1 Years
    Total Reviews / Avg. Score
    115 / 2.65 star(s)
    Voting Record
    152 371
    Updated Course Conditions
    0
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    8

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    "Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated."
    -Arnold Palmer

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    A few words that relate to all my reviews:

    My reviews are written primarily for the traveling, experienced disc golfer. I think DCR is a fantastic resource that I use when traveling and deciding where to play. I hope that my reviews are a helpful addition to the site.

    I have designed and constructed several disc golf courses, spending over a thousand hours in the process. I know how it feels to recent less-than-glowing feedback on my work. I respect the hard work that all designers have spent and do not wish to step on anyone's toes with my reviews. Having said that, I take my role as a reviewer seriously and attempt to make the best, unbiased assessments of courses and cannot sugar-coat things. I tend to give lower ratings on most courses than the course average.

    I view safety in course design very seriously, probably more so than most reviewers. I am also very critical of courses with less-than-intuitive routing and insufficient directional signage. It's especially unnerving when it takes 20 minutes to find the first tee once arriving at the destination. It's nice to arrive at a new course and play with locals, but it sucks when the course cannot be navigated without their assistance. In that vein, multiple basket locations are great for locals, but very frustrating for visitors when it cannot be readily discerned from the tee signs which position a basket is in. Likewise, it's frustrating when many holes are blind, requiring walking up the fairway.

    Aesthetics matter, including natural beauty and maintenance. A mediocre design on an amazing piece of property will likely receive a higher rating than a perfect design on a crappy piece of property. Benches, trash cans, bathrooms, and drinking water on the course matter. I do not give bonus points for more than one course at a single location. I do subtract .5 for courses with less than 18 holes. I do not give bonus points for more than 18 holes. In fact, I feel that good courses with 19-26 holes could likely be great 18 hole courses.

    In terms of challenge, multiple tees are essential for most courses. I look for each set of tees to be designed for a particular skill level, corresponding with the PDGA skill color guidelines. I prefer courses that are well balanced in terms of power and technical requirements; I hate wide-open holes. Courses that have par 4's and par 5's are superior to those with all par 3's. I value shot choices and required course management highly in assigning a rating. For a course to be great, it must provide a complete test of disc golf at least for the blue level player. I value "beginner" courses and will write about their strengths as such, but the best such course would likely receive a 2.5 rating. If you google the best 100 golf courses in the world, no list would contain "Joe's Par 3 Course".

    Blah, blah, blah . . . what, you're still reading? . . . go practice your putting!

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    I can't do Tampa that weekend. I'm going to try and do the Cross Town Challenge Tourny in Sarasota on the 7th.

    I know how you feel about the job situation down here.
    Good luck on the job. If I can get up to Tampa I'll let you know.
    thrembo,

    i see port charlotte for ya. i'd be up for meeting in tampa to play that new course and medard, possibly on sunday the 8th.

    i'm actually probably leaving fla in a couple weeks, unless i get a job offer from one company, but not counting on that.
    yep, houston's on the way. thinking of hitting up shawshank, i know that's out of the way. i've played tom bass before and the old course that used to be on the night-lit ball golf course.
    thanks for the review! we're continuing to work on the course all the time, hope you'll make it down for another visit some time. i'm hoping to make it back to michigan sometime in the next year or two to see all the new courses that have gone in since i left in 2003.

    peace out.
    I'd read several of your reviews of some Metro Detroit area courses, and was intrigued when I saw that you had designed the course. Given the plot of land the course is on, I have to say you did a nice job designing that course, I had fun round there. My only real knocks have more to do with the plot of land than with the design of the course. Meant to post a review, but I played Flyboy after Magnolia, and started to write that review, and by the time I figured out what I wanted to say, Flyboy had been RIP'd :( Anyway, now that you mention it, some of the details have faded, but I think I can put together a useful review.
    Mike,

    Great to hear you registered. We have not added 6 more holes and have no plans to. I am actually an 18 hole purist. The plan was for 6 temporary holes, although mike may be considering modifying that. the event is 100% him. give him a shout to confirm: 352-212-3845.

    i'm finally feeling that the course has gotten into the kind of shape that i'm proud of. i'm very excited to get to play it in a tournament and see a bunch of others out there.

    c-ya next weekend!
    denny
    denny, i just registered for the upcoming tourney and it says two rounds of 24 holes. Did you guys add an additional 6 holes in the last couple of months? If so that is awesome, if not how is the 24 hole format going to work. I hope you added 6 more holes.

    Thanks,

    Mike

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